Now This is Old School

Monday, June 3rd, 2013 16
Posted in: B&W, Travel, Vintage

Ahhh… I’ve been away on a much-needed trip to visit friends, take a photography workshop, and delve into a bit of rest and relaxation. Despite getting sick while on my trip (Why does the body do that? It’s like it senses you have stepped away from work for just a moment, and then the sickness strikes. UGH.), I had a really lovely time. I’m so very grateful for the time I got to spend really connecting with my friend, Hillary, as well as growing other friendships. The week seemed to melt away and the visit was over all too quickly.

But I’m getting ahead of myself. Back when the  trip came together and I knew I would be visiting the Bay Area, I remembered missing out on visiting Photobooth SF during my last trip to California in 2011. Then, as I mentally put Photobooth SF on the list of things to do during my upcoming visit, I remembered that they shoot tintypes. Tintypes! OMG. I knew I wanted needed to get my tintype taken while I had the opportunity. I got online right away and scheduled my photo session. I was not missing out this time around.

Tintypes are classic, old-school photography done through a wet-process. This type of imagery was what photography was back in the 1800s. The tintypes are created on metal plates and are the very definition of one-of-a-kind photographs. Not many folks are creating tintypes these days (and you thought film was old-school and behind the times!), so you can see why I jumped on this chance to have my photograph captured via tintype.

The entire process at Photobooth SF was incredible. The two folks working that day, Nathan and Kari, were so warm and welcoming. They certainly made my friends and I feel comfortable as we perused the store (they sell Polaroid cameras, IMPOSSIBLE film, Lomography cameras, and other photography-related items), and as I prepared for my shoot. Kari was the photographer prepping and taking the tintypes that day, and she was simply a gem to work with. She helped me relax in front of the camera and pose in a way to achieve the look I was going for. Kari also let me come back in the darkroom and watch the developing of my image unfold. Such a treat.

Tintype_rsAs my face appeared before my eyes on the metal plate, I was in awe. Watching the process truly felt magical and made me fall in love with photography all over again.

Thank you to Kari at Photobooth SF for a great portrait session. If you’re ever in San Francisco, I encourage you to run and get your tintype taken. You won’t regret it.

16 Responses

  1. Vanessa says:

    holy beautiful and fantabulous! this is so very cool! wowzers.
    thanks for sharing… now I know what is on my list for the next adventure to SF!

  2. kirstin says:

    It’s a stunning portrait, Meghan. Just wow! I am totally obsessed with tintypes and plan to do some wet plates in the Summer. x

  3. Debra says:

    SO fantastic Meghan! And such a beautiful portrait of you. I know a guy on Vancouver Island doing tin-types and teaching wet plate workshops. I just wish all my vacation days weren’t spoken for this year or I’d be on a plane out there to learn for sure!

  4. Briana says:

    I love it! I had mine done last October and I have to say, it’s hard to see myself so seemingly naked in front of the camera. Tintypes really do capture every little detail….but I think that’s why they’re so beautiful. 🙂 I absolutely love yours!

    • Meghan says:

      Thanks, Briana! I love your photo, too, and that sealed me wanting to get mine do. I love the total simplicity of the image.

  5. Tiffany Hogan says:

    Breathtaking M! Thanks for sharing!!

  6. michelle gd says:

    so awesome you got this done, meghan!
    your portrait is beautiful; there is such a timeless feel to it…

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